How Technology Can Help With Dorm to Hospital Transition
August 10, 2020
Lastly, another necessity that comes from improved technology is the collection of data. If all technology is combined on one platform, not only are you ensuring messages are delivered to the right place, but you are also creating a trail of data to be utilized and help inform decisions. The same data that is collected and used in the hospital industry can be applied to dormitories or pop-up hospitals.
As an example, when a patient presses an emergency alert button or notifies staff that they are in need, technology can track response time between when the alarm was triggered and when the staff member was able to respond.
Additionally, a simple check-in system with staff can help manage turnover and allow leadership to make decisions in terms of staffing. If there are certain floors or areas in which response times seem slower, a conversation can be had about offering more support in those areas or where the lapse is occurring. If upon check-in, a staff member has any symptoms of illness, looking back and previous staffing records will help determine their latest interactions and any potential impacts. These staffing decisions are critical in times of emergency and can help key decision makers make a difference in employee turnover and efficiency.
As all of the above examples outlined, there are existing infrastructures that can be built upon and enhanced to help create these pop-up hospital facilities. A key to that change is connecting the right pieces of technology and getting the information to the right people. It is essential to have these pieces in place before the facility is used to house patients. In addition, having key stakeholder buy-in from administrators and facilitators will be needed for implementation and success. It is the ingenuity of what we know works in hospital facilities and what we have to work with in dorms that will help these facilities be most successful in housing hospital patients.
About the Author
Amy Jeffs currently serves as vice president of Status Solutions, and has held various positions within the mission-based organization for the past 13 years. Her primary duties include assisting Status Solutions' founder and president with developing and implementing the company's overall go-to-market strategy. Her past experience includes 20+ years of technology business and marketing at start-ups up to Fortune 500 companies.